Cranberries are small, round fruits. Their skins ripen from green to white, then to a glossy, scarlet red. The firm flesh is a bright, creamy white and has a crisp texture. Cranberries have a bitter, starchy and tart flavor. Cranberries are well known for the health benefits. They are rich in vitamin C and have high amounts of pectin, a polysaccharide. They are a good source of dietary fiber and manganese, and contain vitamin E, copper and potassium. Cranberries have high levels of polyphenols and phytonutrients. These compounds provide antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits.